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Ampatent
2009-May-29, 08:58 AM
I was staring up at the night sky and this thing kept catching my eye. It seems to take the same course every night for the past week.

http://i87.photobucket.com/albums/k137/killdrone/IMG_1077.jpg?t=1243587314

The object in question is the bright star in the lower right corner. It appears as a bright yellowish star in the South Eastern sky. This photo was taken around 3:50 am in Southern Illinois.

I'm sure it's a trivial everyday thing for most of you, but I'm having a hard time of distinguishing what exactly it is. Being that it's so bright I assume it must have a proper name.

Thanks in advance to whomever can help me.

NEOWatcher
2009-May-29, 12:20 PM
I'm sure it's a trivial everyday thing for most of you, but I'm having a hard time of distinguishing what exactly it is.
Easy, especially with the internet. Here (http://www.heavens-above.com/skychart.aspx?SL=1&SN=1&lat=38.33304&lng=-88.94531&loc=S.+Ill&alt=0&tz=EST), it should be pretty obvious now. ;)

Being that it's so bright I assume it must have a proper name.
Yep; most planets do. :lol:

Ampatent
2009-May-29, 12:23 PM
As I suspected... sorry for coming off as ignorant. I didn't want to rule anything out by saying it was a planet, but I had the feeling it was either Saturn or Jupiter because of the color. Thanks again for the help though.

NEOWatcher
2009-May-29, 12:38 PM
As I suspected... sorry for coming off as ignorant.
No sorry needed. Sometimes it's how to search or the where to go that gets ellusive.
I give you credit for recognizing that it was trivial, and not some shocking new object in the sky.
But; that doesn't stop me from having a bit of fun with the answer.